Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sondre Lerche


My first encounter with Sondre Lerche's music was his 2006 album, 'Duper Sessions'. It was a one-off, Chet-Baker-inspired contemporary jazz album. But what makes it different is that he wrote most of the tracks by himself, and quite effortlessly. It was a well-made, well-executed album, delicate and detailed, perfect dining music. The first time I heard the track below, 'Minor Detail', I even thought it was a standard. His laidback, easy-breezy voice makes crooning no hard work for him.

Sondre Lerche - Minor Detail

His most recent album (and his fourth), 'Phantom Punch' was released in February this year and for me, it's another strong long-player for him. This time he went for a 'primitive rock' sound (his words), but the catchy melodies are still there. Whereas his English is flawed and awkward sometimes, his great songwriting skills are more than enough to compensate for. 'Say It All' is a fine example, a pop song with twists you don't expect. Did I mention he's Norwegian?

Sondre Lerche - Say It All

Apparently, he just finished writing the entire soundtrack for a new comedy called 'Dan In Real Life' starring Steve Carrell and Juliette Binoche, and the cd should be out soon this fall. The movie I'm not interested in, but I will definitely check out its soundtrack, as Sondre is quite a guarantee.

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